So far this season, the Buffalo Sabres are spectacular in their home whites, even in Montreal, so-so in their road goats and, after Thursday night, a little of both in their Butter Knives.
Archives for October 18, 2002
'In all, the Rangers spent nearly twice as much time on the power play as Buffalo, scoring their third power-play goal of the night at 11:09 of the third period when Pavel Bure tied the game at 4-4.'
'The Rangers don't need Messier's goals as much as they need his guidance.'
'Former Sabres defenseman Jim Schoenfeld returned to Buffalo as an assistant coach with the Rangers.'
'The Rangers got little help from goalie Dan Blackburn, who made his season debut — delayed from last Saturday because of a dislocated finger. Blackburn, who also battled a groin injury during the preseason, was a tad off, allowing a long-range goal to his usually speedy glove side, and the long-distance Connolly one-timer, although he was stellar late in the third and in OT.'
'The Sabres exploited their penalty killing for two power-play goals of their own and took advantage of some sloppy play around Blackburn's net. Several coverage assignments were blown in the dangerous areas there, and Blackburn, making his first start of the season, spent too much time flopping around in his crease on what was clearly an off-night for the teen-age goaltender.'
'The Rangers arrived in Buffalo yesterday with no problem after mechanical problems with their chartered plane forced a cancellation of their flight on Wednesday afternoon. Normally, the team flies to games on the road the day before to guarantee availability for the next day's event and to give themselves a chance to go about their practice routine the morning of the game.'
'Those leads evaporated easily, with help from the Rangers' pathetic penalty killing. When Tim Connolly tied the game at 3-3 on a Buffalo power play, the Rangers had allowed five goals on their last nine penalty-kill attempts.'
'"We keep shooting ourselves in the foot and pretty soon we're not going to have feet left to shoot at," Holik, the former Devils player, said tonight after his new team, the Rangers, scrambled to gain a 4-4 tie with the Buffalo Sabres.'
'"I don't think there's anybody in here that's happy with getting a single point out of this game," Lindros said.'